Morning Blend

The Morning Blend: Food Services at Holt Public Schools

By September 18, 2020November 23rd, 2020No Comments

Video Transcript:

Bob:

This morning on the Blend, we have with us our good friend Pat Brown the president of the Holt Dimondale Insurance Agency and Pat brought along Evan Robinson, who is Director of Food Services for Holt public schools. Gentlemen, welcome to the blend I want to start with you, Evan. Talk a little bit about how long you’ve been working with the Holt public schools.

Evan:

Yep, so I’ve been with Holt public schools for three and a half, almost four years, I started out as a district sub and then became the director.

Bob:

So what was it typical day pre COVID for you.

Evan:

So a typical day, pre-COVID would have consisted of us preparing breakfast and lunches, sending food out to each school, cleaning up spaces. You know servicing students, and then going home. However, it’s a little different now.

Bob:

Yeah, talk about how different it is now, the new duties that you have going forward.

Evan:

Sure. So some of the changes that we have now is that we now are sending food home on 10 different stops, nine bus routes, and parent pickup. We are now providing seven days worth of meals instead of five, as with a normal, normal school day. As of last week with the USDA guidance, now all students under the age of 18 can now get meals for for free. And now a new part of my job is about employee safety, student safety when it comes to you know mass cleaning and sanitation within our kitchens now. And also doing health checks.

Bob:

So, you are serving literally thousands of people every single day. That is a lot.

Evan:

Yes. So since this all began on Friday March 13 which has a new meaning now to me, we have done between 60 to 70,000 meals and that is for Holt families.

Bob:

So what would meal service look like with in-person learning? 

Evan:

When we do return to the classroom, which as we all hope will be soon. Breakfast will be in the classroom and lunch will be either in the classroom or still in the cafeteria, but everything will be packaged in plastic to keep it safe.

Bob:

I want to know how the community can help you, what can we do to help?

Evan:

Sure. So we are always looking for help. The best way is monetary donations because we can take those funds, and then use it to buy food for our pantry bags.

Bob:

Well, Evan I really want to thank you for being here today. Pat, thank you for bringing Evan and we’re gonna put your information on the screen. You’re helping thousands of people and we appreciate it. If you’d like more information on what Evan does you can go to HoltDimondaleAgency.com Thanks so much for joining us. 

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